Sharleen Spiteri reveals her new album of movie covers
from The Daily Record by Rick Fulton - 23 January 2010
TEXAS singer Sharleen Spiteri has told how her new album of movie songs was really a "happy accident".
After the success of her debut solo album Melody in 2008, which went to number three, the 42-year-old thought she'd go back to her old band and write another album with them.
But she admits that after the success of the 60s retro sound on Melody, she found it hard to write soft rock tunes.
In fact, she insists the way she's been singing on her second solo album, The Movie Songbook, will change the way Texas sound on their next record.
She said: "When I did Melody I was in a certain place in my life, writing particular songs, so I knew the kind of record I wanted to make wasn't a Texas record.
"But it was never the plan to follow it with a covers album.
"The Movie Songbook is like a happy accident."
The music on The Movie Songbook includes disco, folk, jazz and even bossa-nova.
"Making it has taught me that my true voice lies in this area and not to be scared of using it," she added.
"In the past I've always tended to go into a soul area but this experience has been great in taking me places I'd never normally go.
"I feel excited about taking that forward into Texas and wherever it is we go next."
The Movie Songbook will be released on March 1. Here's Sharleen's track by track on her new album:
1. Xanadu (Xanadu)
"I always wanted a pair of the wooden clogs Olivia Newton-John wore in Grease but my mum wouldn't let me - she called them Hooker Shoes."
2. If I Can't Have You (Saturday Night Fever)
"The film was huge when I was a kid and I remember me and my friends putting on loads of make-up to look older so we could see it at the cinema, because we were too young."
3. God Bless The Child (Lady Sings The Blues, a biopic of Billie Holiday)
"I always loved girls with boys' names."
4. Between The Bars (Good Will Hunting)
"I went to visit Elliot Smith's shrine on the way to the studio the day we recorded this."
5. The Sound Of Silence (The Graduate)
"'Hello darkness, my old friend' - it makes me think of the first time I saw Bambi as a kid."
6. What's New Pussycat (What's New Pussycat)
"People think of this song as very camp because it sounds like the funfair but there's so much going on."
7. The Windmills Of Your Mind (The Thomas Crown Affair)
"I've always had a bit of a Steve McQueen infatuation. I even have the same pair of sunglasses he wore."
8. Take Me With U (Purple Rain)
"Purple Rain made me want to get a motorbike and stand by canals looking moody... that's how mad I was on Prince at the time."
9. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
"We made it sound like The Stray Cats, the full 1950s rockabilly swing. Suddenly it all clicked."
10. Many Rivers To Cross (The Harder They Come)
"There are a lot of crossovers in reggae and soul music and often one leads you to the other. This was just a joy to sing."
11. Oh, Pretty Woman (Pretty Woman)
"There shouldn't be any rules about what a man or woman can or cannot sing and woe betide anyone who tries to stop me."
12. This One's From The Heart (One From The Heart)
"Originally I was going to still do it as a duet and I had an idea of finding an actor who could sing and asking them to handle the Tom Waits part."
13. Take My Breath Away (Top Gun)
"To me it has that thing of fade out, end credits. It seemed the only way to end the record."